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Reflections following the Referendum

Originally sent as a campaign to our mailing list on 22 November 2023.

VTMH has taken some time following the Voice Referendum to reflect and attempt to find words to express our disappointment regarding this outcome. We deeply acknowledge the courage and generosity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and leaders who extended this invitation to the Australian community to walk together in this journey for learning and healing together.

In the weeks since the referendum we have reflected on the impacts that colonisation has had in shaping practices in the mental health sector, including our service, and the continued challenges faced in providing culturally responsive care given the history of these lands.

VTMH deeply admires the strength and resilience of First Nations communities across the country. We commit to rising strong, leaning in, and to finding ways to honour our commitment to learning and healing together.

 We encourage teams and individuals in all sectors to continue joining collective efforts to support a more culturally safe and humanistic system and society.  

 To learn more about what is happening in Victoria towards truth, treaty and voice, we encourage you to visit the links below: 

Home – Yoorrook Justice Commission 

TREATY FOR VICTORIA | First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (